|Project Title||Principal Investigator||Institution|
|Randomized study of training in autism||Ruble, Lisa||University of Kentucky|
|IACC Strategic Plan Objective||2008||2009||2010||2011||2012||Total|
|Support two studies that assess how variations in and access to services affect family functioning in diverse populations, including underserved populations, by 2012.
IACC Recommended Budget: $1,000,000 over 3 years
|5.S.A. Funding: The recommended budget was met. Significantly more than the recommended minimum budget was allocated to projects specific to this objective.
Progress: The initial target of two studies was met, with 1-9 projects supported per year, but more work is still needed in this area.
Remaining gaps, needs and opportunities: The projects under this objective cover several topics related to family functioning and health disparities, but not the full breadth of the gaps mentioned in the objective. This objective, as written, may be too broad. Work is still needed to understand why underserved populations have poorer outcomes and what can be done to close the gaps. We need to understand what portfolio of services will result in the best outcomes for different populations. To address these questions, a qualitative approach (i.e., needs assessment or survey) may be needed to understand the context of barriers faced by different groups. Research on disparities needs to move beyond observational studies to experimental designs to see what approaches work best in different populations and settings.